Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard officially opened Port Lincoln Racing Club's newest facilities at the weekend, pledging the government's ongoing support for horse racing across the state.
Mr Wingard was at the club on Saturday to officially open the newest facilities at the club, which includes 19 new race-day tie-up stalls, a vet room, swabbing stall and day yard.
These $192,000 additions were funded as part of $2.8 million within the Racing Industry Fund for 10 infrastructure projects across the state.
Mr Wingard said this was a great investment into the local racing industry and commended the industry across the state for staying active and keeping people employed during COVID-19.
"Racing has a great tradition around Port Lincoln and the industry is an important contributor to not only the local regional economy but also to our state's economy more broadly," he said.
"This is a great investment not just for the racing club but the horse community in Port Lincoln and Eyre Peninsula."
Mr Wingard said it was great that a local builder was bought in for these works which in turn led to the engagement of local plumbers, electrical contractors and earthmovers, promoting local jobs.
Port Lincoln Racing Club president Greg Fitzgerald said the new facilities had been well used already across the first two race meetings of the season.
He said it was fantastic to have Mr Wingard on hand to officially open the new facilities.
"From the racing club's perspective we're very appreciative for the support from the state government through Thoroughbred Racing SA to provide these facilities," he said.
"With the increase of horses we've seen already this season and the expectation for numbers to be healthy throughout, these facilities will be fully utilised."
Mr Fitzgerald said attending vets at the first two race meetings this season had told the club how grateful and appreciative they were for the new vet room and with 106 acceptances at the second race meeting all but five of the race stalls were used.
The opening took place before the club's latest race meeting, which was the following day.